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Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond Paperback – October 13, 2010
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--Mensa Bulletin (April/May 2011)
Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond offers a "thorough feminism perspective."
--Gloria Hendry, aka "Rosie Carver" in Live and Let Die
Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond "stands high above many of the 'Bond as social zeitgeist' stuff we've seen in recent decades." --Matt Sherman, creator of SpyFest and the Bond Collectors' Weekends
"I . . . enjoyed your analysis of the importance of the Bond girl icon as it relates to and reveals the changing culture." -- Lois Chiles, aka "Dr. Holly Goodhead" in Moonraker
"[W]e finally have a detailed analysis of the complex evolution of the Bond Girl character. This book gives new insights into Bond's world and insures that you'll never look at Bond Girls the same way again!" --Charles Helfenstein, author of The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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I've been a Bond fan for years, but Caplen's discussion really makes you look at the films in a new and entertaining light. The Feminism of James Bond has a little of everything: it's fully loaded with information about Ian Fleming, his novels, the films, and the major actors and events that gave rise to and sustained the feminist movement; and it's imbued with some tongue-in-cheek humor along the way. There are over 50 images that accompany the text, too. It is one of the most well-researched books I've come across in a while, and it's certainly nothing like the typical James Bond books that are currently in print.
Caplen ably presents the feminist movement through the lens of the Bond Girl, exploring how she represented an archetype and reflected changing notions about the role of women in society. The Feminism of James Bond articulately and persuasively dissects whether these female characters were sexually liberated and independent, mechanisms through which Bond and his male-dominant society functioned, or disruptions to and liabilities for that society. You will want to revisit the films after reading the book, and you'll appreciate them in a completely new light.
Some were clear enemies, some unquestionable friends, while others somewhere in between. Till I saw this book, I had never quite taken the time to think as much about the female characters...
Especially at first, beyond eye candy, they aren't often remembered like some of the clearer male enemy and friend characters. The pictures also helped because I had not been able to see a lot of the older movies that came out before I was born and some of the ones that came out more recently.
I had never thought about the different professions they could be classified in along with the 3 major groups as A)Golden Bond Girl Era, the B)Post-Feminist Bond Woman Era, & the C)Revisionist Bond Girl Eras...
To me, it was quite interesting to see Mr.Caplan classify them even in career and background groups to how they fit in as characters and add to the plots...
I was excited to end up buying one of the hard-cover signed copies but glad there will also be less expensive soft-cover copies as well as updates to include female 007 characters from more recently released Bond movies...
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This is an extremely well-written, comprehensive study about James Bond, feminism, and the way women are portrayed in the 007 novels and films. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paula Bernstein
The book Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond takes a dive into the James Bond world and analyzes feminism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caroline S
Definitely add this book to your library if you are interested in 007, feminism, cinema, and twentieth century American history! Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by rocketkitty